More Good News for Serial Subject

Adnan Syed's attorney says key evidence should have been inadmissible
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2015 5:25 PM CDT
More Good News for Serial Subject
An undated photo provided by Yusuf Syed shows his brother, Adnan Syed.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Yusuf Syed)

After Adnan Syed gained notoriety as the subject of the hit podcast Serial, he was granted an appeal that could lead to a new trial, and a court ruled that a witness who backs Syed should be allowed to testify for the first time. Now, more good news for the 35-year-old who is serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999: His attorney says cellphone evidence that was integral in securing Syed's conviction is actually unreliable, the Baltimore Sun reports. Prosecutors used information about incoming calls to Syed's cellphone to prove he was in Baltimore's Leakin Park at the time when Lee was believed to have been buried there. But according to the attorney, Syed's own phone company, AT&T, warned that incoming call information is unreliable.

"Outgoing calls only are reliable for location status. Any incoming calls will NOT be considered reliable information for location," AT&T reportedly said on a fax cover sheet that was included in Syed's original attorney's file on the case. If that warning had been "properly raised at trial" by his previous attorney, Syed's current attorney says, "much of, if not all of, the cellular evidence would have been rendered inadmissible." The attorney filed a new court motion regarding the cover sheet today, as a supplement to his appeal, asking the court to consider it as another reason Syed should be granted a post-conviction hearing. Click for more on the aforementioned witness who may testify at such a hearing. (More murder trial stories.)

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